The taco shop named after Top Chef winner Paul Qui, TacQui, has closed in a strip center in Richardson.
A two-page letter posted to the restaurant's door says that the tenant failed to pay rent and that the locks have been changed. Qui's name is not included on the lockout notice; it was addressed to Johnny Yam and dated Nov. 1.
The restaurant was controversial from the beginning, as the Top Chef season 9 winner landed in the news in 2016 after being arrested following a domestic dispute with his former girlfriend. The charges were dropped in April 2018.
Our Dallas Morning News story about TacQui's debut in May 2018 included an interview with Qui, who said diners confronted him about the assault charges. "I acted irresponsibly," he said in the interview. "I was a public figure, you know. I can't turn back time on anything like that. Just maybe one day I can cook for people again."
TacQui was open for about six months.
It was an Asian fusion restaurant selling tacos filled with ingredients like fried chicken and spicy mayo; pork confit and madras curry; steamed squash and tempura flakes; and octopus. The restaurant also served rice bowls and sides like crispy Brussels sprouts tossed in sweet chili sauce.